Industry Training Authority

Industry Training Authority

September 12, 2011 11:00 ET

Industry Training Authority: Website Update Means One-Stop Shopping for Apprenticeship Training

RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 12, 2011) - Students and career planners can now count on virtual one-stop shopping for all approved apprenticeship training in B.C., with this month's expansion of a website, www.educationplanner.ca, that lists trades and other post-secondary programs across the province.

The recent expansion of EducationPlanner.ca adds 150 trades programs offered by 36 private training providers to a user-friendly resource that previously only listed apprenticeship offerings by publicly-funded institutions. More than 1,500 users visit the website every day at www.educationplanner.ca.

"We're giving students and their advisers a complete picture of what's available provincially, so they can make informed comparisons of apprenticeship and pre-apprenticeship training opportunities," said Mike Winsemann, Transfer and Technology Manager of the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer, which manages the website.

Funding to list both public and private apprenticeship programs came from the Industry Training Authority (ITA), the crown agency overseeing trades training for the province.

"This makes it easier for students in all parts of British Columbia to find apprenticeship programs in or near their hometowns at a time when we really need our young people to enter skilled trades careers," said ITA CEO, Kevin Evans.

He noted the critical labour shortage confronting B.C., with the provincial government projecting that the overall demand for skilled workers will exceed the available supply by 2016.

ITA is a provincial crown agency responsible for managing and expanding B.C.'s industry training. ITA works with industry and labour, trainees and employers, and training providers to ensure there are enough skilled workers to support B.C.'s future prosperity.

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